Vietnamese Food: Top 10 Dishes You Should Try Once

For those who first travel to Vietnam, choosing a list of Vietnamese food they should try can be too difficult. Therefore, I want to share my experiences and knowledge about Vietnamese cuisine with you. Here is a list of the top 10 Vietnamese dishes 

1. Pho

If you come to Vietnam without trying a bowl of Pho, you will never come to this country. As one of the most famous dishes of Vietnam, pho has been voted by CNN, BBC, Business Insider many times as the best food in Asia.

To enjoy the taste of Pho, visitors should come to some famous pho restaurants in Hanoi such as Pho Bat Dan, Pho Thin, Ly Quoc Su Pho. These pho restaurants certainly will bring the most satisfying feeling for all tourists, even the most demanding ones.

Vietnamese dishes

2. Com Tam (Vietnamese Rice Plate)

Vietnamese Rice Plate is one of the most popular dishes from South Vietnam. In Saigon, people often eat a plate of Vietnamese rice before working in the morning, but you can enjoy this dish any time of the day.

It is usually served with grilled marinated pork chops. On top of the meat, such as finely sliced cucumber, tomato, pickled vegetables, fried egg, and grilled prawns.

Vietnamese Dishes - Com Tam (Broken rice)

Although not noticed, such as Pho, bun cha, fish ball, this Vietnamese rice dish is actively shared by travel bloggers as an exciting experience when discovering Saigon. If you’re craving a cheap yet satisfying meal, be sure to check out this spot.

Try this dish at 260 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

3. Banh Mi

Foreign newspapers such as The Guardian, National Geographic, BBC, or Tripadvisor have spared no expense praising this popular Vietnamese dish. The US travel site Fodor’s Travel in 2016 presented 20 of the world’s best street foods, of which Vietnamese bread tops the list.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Banh Mi (Broken rice)

Banh mi has various recipes depending on each person’s taste, but the most common is grilled pork, cucumber, raw vegetables, pickles, paste, and sauce.

Unlike Pho, Banh Mi originates from the southern part of Vietnam. Although bakeries appear everywhere, you can only find the best Vietnamese bakeries in Hoi An Ancient Town. Try this dish at the following 2 addresses.

Banh Mi Phuong
Address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An Town

Banh Mi Madam Khanh
Address: 115 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An Town

4. Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue is another good Vietnamese food and is known widely for its exquisite and unique taste. As its name suggests, this is a typical dish when talking about Hue City.

Ingredients of this dish include thin slices of marinated and boiled beef shank with broth with red and spicy characteristics. Served with Hue beef noodle soup are chili sauce, lemon, cilantro, sliced scallions, sliced banana flowers, red cabbage, sliced raw onions, and green bean sprouts.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho bun bo hue

You can enjoy Hue Breakfast Noodle Soup in many places all over Vietnam, but in my opinion, eating Bun Bo Hue in Hue city will still give you a great and original taste. Please visit the O Phuong beef noodle shop (24 Nguyen Khuyen, Hue City) to discover the rich flavor of this dish!

6. Banh Xeo

This traditional dish is a Vietnamese version of the French crepe. The wrapper is made of  Rice flour mixture and a bit of turmeric flour, and the filling is pork, shrimps, bean sprout.

banh xeo

Banh Xeo is often served with a variety of herbs, salads, and sweet fish sauce. The side of Banh Xeo in the South is much bigger than it’s in the Central. Local people often gather and eat Banh Xeo on rainy days.

I think you should also try this feeling if possible (Actually, on a sunny day, eating Banh Xeo is still delicious, but on rainy days the taste of deliciousness will double)

Price range:

  • 45,000 – 60,000 VND (Banh Xeo in the South) 
  • 5,000 – 15,000 VND (Banh Xeo in the Central) 

Try this dish at 179C2 Dong Den Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

7. Bun Rieu (Tomato Crab soup)

The interplay between crab and tomato makes Bun Rieu a truly standout dish. Ingredients of this dish include a bun, fresh crab meat, blocks of tofu, and stewed tomatoes. Cooking an authentic bowl of Bun Rieu is a labor-intensive process and time.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho bun rieu

Bun Rieu is a dish with great flavor, so many Vietnamese people love it. There are many Bun Rieu restaurants on the streets of Vietnam. So, please enjoy this dish when you have the opportunity and feel its unique flavor.

Try this dish at Bun Rieu Cua Thanh Hồng, 42 Hoa Ma, Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

8. Bun Cha

This dish originated from the Old Quarter in Hanoi and has been one of this city’s signature dishes. Bun cha is also made from rice. Instead of using sliced beef or chicken like beef noodle soup or chicken noodle soup, Bun Cha uses bone marrow for cooking the broth. Vietnamese people often eat Bun Cha with sweet-sour fish sauce.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho bun cha

If you want to dine where Obama and Bourdain enjoyed bun cha did, you should check out Bun Cha Huong Lien on 24 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi City. Unlike Pho, this dish is not a breakfast dish.

9. Goi Cuon

Fresh spring roll is a common Vietnamese Street food in Ho Chi Minh City. Goi Cuon is a combination of fresh ingredients such as boiled pork, peeled fresh shrimp, fresh vermicelli, and raw vegetables. All of them are wrapped in rice paper (Banh Trang).

Kết quả hình ảnh cho goi cuon

CNN Go ranked this street food 30th in the list of 50 best meals globally in 2011. Vietnamese people often use a special sauce made from garlic, chili, and crushed peanuts to accompany this dish. The combination has made the Vietnamese fresh spring roll wonderfully unique.

10. Vietnamese Sweet Dessert

Che would be the perfect end to your meal, especially if you’ve enjoyed a great dish like spring rolls. Che is a familiar dessert for most Vietnamese people. It combines beans, jelly, grains, coconut milk, and fruit and is served with ice in a bowl or glass.

Many street vendors and shops sell Che in Vietnam, so you can always help yourself to a bowl or two each time you crave this nutritious and filling treat.

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